Stu­dents tak­ing up tu­tor­ing to save time

“Good money” to be earned by help­ing oth­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

A-LEVEL stu­dents are help­ing out their fel­low pupils by tu­tor­ing them through ex­ams while study­ing for their own at the same time.

Ac­cord­ing to a pupil at Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School, Amer­sham, stu­dents through­out the Chal­fonts are look­ing to part-time work as a tu­tor as it takes up less time than work­ing in a shop.

17-year-old Jessie Gil­lam from Chal­font St Giles is one of the stu­dents in­volved and has been do­ing it for the past two years.

She said: “A lot of peo­ple in the Chal­fonts do it.”

She added: “A lot of my friends do it.”

Speak­ing about why she didn’t want to do stan­dard Satur­day shop work she said: “I think a lot of other peo­ple have Satur­day jobs that take up a lot more time than tu­tor­ing.

“Com­pared to work­ing in a shop it takes up a lot less time than tu­tor­ing.”

Jessie has “been quite suc­cess­ful” so far and added: “One boy I was tu­tor­ing passed his en­trance exam and his mum said it was to do with the ex­tra help he was hav­ing out­side of school.”

Hav­ing just been through GCSEs her­self Jessie knows what her stu­dents need to pass.

She said: “It’s quite good money and we know what peo­ple need to know to do it.”

She was in­spired to take it up af­ter she was tu­tored by some­one on a gap year.

She added: “He did the same A lev­els as I did so I thought, ‘if he can do it then why can’t I?’.”

Mike Appleyard, cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills of Bucks County Coun­cil, said: “Tu­tor­ing has been done for years and years and years.

“Even when I went to school peo­ple were be­ing tu­tored and that was aeons ago.

“There’s no way we can stop it. Frankly there’s a lot of peo­ple do­ing tu­tor­ing who aren’t do­ing it very well, but that’s the par­ents’ busi­ness.

“The par­ents have got to find out what the tu­tor­ing is like.”

He added: “I’m pretty re­laxed about it but if peo­ple want to do that they’re not fully un­der­stand­ing what’s best for their child.”

Jessie is study­ing for A lev­els in bi­ol­ogy, chem­istry, physics and maths and is hop­ing to study medicine in the fu­ture and hopes the trans­fer­able skills will play out.

She said: “In medicine you have a lot of in­ter­ac­tion with other peo­ple. It’s giv­ing me good ex­pe­ri­ence in teach­ing peo­ple and talk­ing to peo­ple.”

Mr Appleyard, speak­ing about the job mar­ket that school chil­dren can ex­pect when they’re older, said: “What peo­ple and par­ents are for­get­ting is what’s go­ing to get them on in life is their per­son­al­ity and not their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.”

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